After four albums and success in Europe and Japan, Saxon finally established a presence in the U.S. with their '83 effort, "Power & The Glory."
As one of the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Saxon went for a more commercial sound with "Crusader" the following year. Though fans were concerned about the change, the set sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Accusations of a sell-out grew stronger with "Innocence Is No Excuse" as Saxon tried to gain further traction in the U.S. The effort failed and band dissent, leading to departures, set in. Subsequent efforts were popular in Europe but the group failed to re-establish their U.S. beachhead.
As often happens with bands, there is a point in their career when they gain more notoriety for off-stage activities. In '99, former members Graham Oliver and Steven Dawson registered 'Saxon' as a trade mark. Four years later, the High Court declared that it was the current band members who owned the name, and could prevent Oliver and Dawson passing themselves off as Saxon. The pair eventually called themselves Oliver/Dawson Saxon.
In '07, Saxon were the subject of an episode of Harvey Goldsmith's Get Your Act Together. Goldsmith hired two producers to oversee the production of a new single "If I Was You" (a song about gun culture), which went to #1 in the Rock Charts in over 10 countries (becoming their most successful single for over 12 years).
Two years down the road, Saxon released the documentary Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie, which covered the band's entire career. The live DVD/CD package Heavy Metal Thunder - Live: Eagles Over Wacken came next. The compilation was culled from Wacken Open Air performances in '04, '07 and '09. Also in '09, Saxon won the Metal Hammer 2012 Golden God award for 'Best UK Band'.
Saxon had to postpone the remainder of the 35th anniversary Warriors Of The Road U.K. tour in '14 when drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgeries for a brain aneurysm. The group later announced that Glockler had made a full recovery.
"Battering Ram," a '15 release, was Saxon's 21st album. "There's a bit less Rock 'n' Roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it," stated vocalist Biff Byford.
1980 Wheels Of Steel
1980 Strong Arm Of The Law
1981 Denim and Leather
1983 Power & The Glory
1985 Innocence Is No Excuse
1986 Rock The Nations
1991 Solid Ball Of Rock
1992 Forever Free
1995 Dogs Of War
1997 Unleash The Beast
2001 Killing Ground
2007 The Inner Sanctum
2009 Into The Labyrinth
2011 Call To Arms
2015 Battering Ram